Monthly Archives: April 2014

TheContentMine: Progress and our Philosophy

TheContentMine is a project to extract all facts from the scientific literature. It has now been going for about 6 weeks - this is a soft-launch. We continue to develop it and record our progress publicly. It's a community project and we are … Continue reading

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Is Elsevier going to take control of us and our data? The Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge thinks so and I'm terrified

I am gutted that I missed the Q+A session with Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz the Vice-chancellor of  Cambridge University. It doesn't seem to have been advertised widely - only 17 people went - and it deserves to be repeated. The indefatigable Richard … Continue reading

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Shuttleworth Fellowship: Month 2; synergy with the Digital Enlightenment can change the world

I'm now finishing the second month of my Shuttleworth Fellowship - the most important thing in my whole career. My project The Content Mine aims to liberate all the facts in the scientific literature. That's incredibly ambitious and I don't know … Continue reading

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The Cost of Knowledge; Tim Gowers' amazing analysis of Elsevier's income

An amazing post came out yesterday from an amazing person. Tim Gowers is a Fields Medallist (the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize).  But Tim is also a star in the world of Open. 5 years ago he launched the … Continue reading

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Elsevier doesn't publish Junk Science. Does it?

Some years ago Elsevier funded the PRISM initiative to discredit Open Access with the slogan "Open Access is Junk Science". The implication, of course, was that of course Elsevier didn't publish junk. The chemical blogosphere was alerted by Egon Willighagen … Continue reading

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The Content Mine website - how we create it. And the community can edit and contribute.

We are now about 6 weeks into The Content Mine project and have now released our website (http://www.contentmine.org). In the spirit of living a web-friendly life this is a living object which is planned to be: easy to update and … Continue reading

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Jenny Molloy Awarded an AMI

Jenny Molloy is a central figure in the Open community and has been particularly active in campaigning for Content Mining. We are delighted that she is part of our core team on the ContentMine project (http://contentmine.org).  AMI the kangaroo is … Continue reading

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Glitches on blog

The blog had some glitches recently (technically "bumps on the road of our journey").  These were due to upgrades. I couldn't post and people couldn't comment. I can now post, but comments don't show up. If you have comments mail … Continue reading

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OCR in Java (2); Zarkonnen Longan is the best yet

The web is wonderful! The best way to write code is not to. I posted this morning about the problems I had in using Java for Optical Character Recognition. And within an hour I had this great response from David … Continue reading

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in Java; my current summary of situation - please comment

In The Content Mine and PLUTo projects we need OCR to interpret diagrams with letters and numbers. OCR is a well tested and developed technology and widely used. Unfortunately it's not trivial to find a Open (F/LOSS) Java solution (please … Continue reading

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